Joe Jinks was the main character of the syndicated comic strip, Joe's Car, which started as a daily strip in 1918, in The New York World, which syndicated it to other papers around the country. The protagonist was Joe Jinks, a short, middle-aged man who was often seen chomping and smoking a cigar. His wife, Blanche, wasn't unreasonable about his obsession, but readers had a distinct impression her life would have been smoother without it. The comic strip was discontinued in 1953, with little to none media representation.
History with the Macy's Parade
Joe Jinks first flew his way down the parade route in 1930, hanging from a larger sphere balloon, which featured a painted image of himself. The balloon only appeared in 1930, and hasn't been seen since.